Do you have a literacy program that works with your Pediatric Physicians such as Reach out and Read? If you have such a program is it hospital funded or have you been successful in a corporate partnership with anyone in your community? If so, whom. Do you have volunteers that take part in a literacy program in your facility?
Any insight regarding such programs would be most helpful
Good morning, Carol! We are a pediatric facility and have a LOL (Little Ones in Literacy) Program through out Child Life Department. Currently, we have five (5) volunteers participating. I am attaching our LOL Service Guidelines for you.
Children's Hospital of Richmond (part of VCU Health) has a literacy program founded, funded, and run by our Auxiliary. The program is called Arthur Ashe Books 4 Kids (named in honor of the Richmond native and advocate for education). Volunteers (who are considered and processed as health system volunteers) read with children in clinic waiting rooms and also help children select a book to take home that is appropriate for their age and reading level. They use proceeds from Auxiliary fundraisers to purchase thoughtfully-selected books, and they also accept new books through book drives. If you want to know more, let me know. They are undergoing a leadership change and revising their materials, but I will be happy to share more history.
Most Children's hospitals have programs through our child life departments. At Children's of Alabama it falls under their mission statement of patient education for child life and it is a part of our volunteers who round and make sure the patients are doing their school work as well as reading and having some fun. We, like many Children's Hospitals, have a fully accredited school as a part of our campus.
For outpatients, I can tell you that program is dying a slow death due to technology. Go through our waiting area and if a child is old enough to hold a cell phone or ipad, the child is on it playing a game.